What makes New York City so fascinating is its ability to reach far beyond the eye. To someone on the outside looking in, New York is often hastily defined by a handful of notable landmarks---but a real New Yorker knows that the city’s true essence is encapsulated by the catalytic energy that rushes through its streets each day. Its heart lay not in Central Park nor Times Square, but rather in the many layers of history and culture that make the city so unique. Delving into just one of these layers can feel like an entire journey, prompting even the most seasoned of New Yorkers to feel like a tourist in her own city.
As a frequent traveler, I’m constantly craving adventure---even when I’m off the road. Thankfully, being native to a city that’s filled with hundreds of hidden gems, I’m able to make any weekend at home an adventure within itself. My most recent of these adventures began in the city’s bustling midtown, where one gem stands still in its own pocket of classic New York glamor.
Once home to the likes of James Dean, the Iroquois Hotel is shrouded in allure—which can be felt immediately upon stepping into the hotel’s Gatsby-esque lobby. Meshing together classic old-time luxury with contemporary style, the Iroquois caters to those looking to experience the extravagance of the 1920s while maintaining a modern Manhattan presence.
The Lantern’s Keep, the hotel’s prohibition-era cocktail lounge, brings the experience full circle---once again adding a modern twist on the decade’s most notorious pastime. This low-lit lounge radiates a sexy downtown aura right in the center of midtown, offering patrons the luxurious convenience of a downtown vibe without the hassle of making the trip.
The Iroquois is a prestigious member of Small Luxury Hotels, a group that specializes in boutique accommodations that provide luxury without sacrificing intimacy. The hotel itself boasts a total 114 guest rooms and 9 suites, with plans for an additional 80 rooms in upcoming renovation.